Women's Participation and the UK Government's 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan
Samira Hamidi, Director, Afghan Women's Network (2010–12); Gender Coordinator, UNDP Afghanistan (2006–09)
Hannah Bond, Director, Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) UK
Pauline Hayes, Director, West Asia Division, DFID
Chair: Michael Keating, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The 2014-17 UK National Action Plan has pledged to ‘ensure that women are fully and meaningfully represented at any international peacebuilding event or summit hosted by the UK’. In light of this, Chatham House will host an expert roundtable to consider how women can most effectively be engaged to ensure successful outcomes from the UK government's 2014 London Conference on Afghanistan.
Samira Hamidi, former director of the Afghan Women’s Network, will discuss how women's civil society organizations are already mobilizing, and explore how their energies can be harnessed and their participation secured. Participants will then be invited to discuss how women have successfully participated in governance and aid processes thus far, how barriers to participation can be mitigated, and how to ensure a long-term legacy from the conference for women.
This roundtable is a joint endeavour of ActionAid UK, and the International Security Department and Asia Programme at Chatham House. It follows on from the International Security Department and ActionAid UK event on 'The Status of Afghan Women: Beyond 2014'.
Tea and coffee will be served from 12.30 for a prompt start at 13.00.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.